Emmanuel Oke


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Dr Emmanuel Oke is a Senior Lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at Edinburgh Law School.  His research interests include international and comparative aspects of intellectual property law. Specifically, his research explores the interface between intellectual property and other branches of international law such as international trade law, international investment law, and international human rights law. He is equally interested in the relationship between intellectual property and development. His research on the interface between international intellectual property law and other branches of international law has been published in the following monographs:

  1. The Policy Space in International Intellectual Property Law, Nijhoff International Trade Law Series, Volume 19, (Brill Nijhoff, 2022).
  2. Patents, Human Rights, and Access to Medicines (Cambridge University Press, 2022).
  3. The Interface between Intellectual Property and Investment Law: An Intertextual Analysis, Elgar Intellectual Property and Global Development Series, (Edward Elgar, 2021).

Among other courses, he teaches a course on International Intellectual Property Law which critically examines intellectual property rights in the context of international law. He also teaches another course on Intellectual Property and Human Rights which critically explores the interface and tensions between these two fields.

He has LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Lagos. He also has an LLM degree in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from the National University of Singapore. He obtained his PhD degree from University College Cork, Ireland. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2008 and he is qualified to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He has served as a technical consultant and legal expert to both states and international organisations on issues relating to international intellectual property law and policy.

He welcomes PhD proposals on topics relating to international intellectual property law (including international copyright law, international patent law, international trademark law, and international geographical indications law). Research proposals that focus on the interface between international intellectual property law and other areas of international economic law (including, but not limited to, international investment law and international trade law) are particularly welcome.


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